Sunday, January 30, 2005
1649: Charles I of England is beheaded. He's not the only English monarch to be put to death, but the only one to be killed by Parliament.
1781: The U.S. Articles of Confederation are ratified by the 13th state, Maryland.
1820: Sailors on a British survey ship under the command of Edward Bransfield become the first Europeans to find the continent of Antarctica.
1835: Unemployed house painter Richard Lawrence fires two pistols point-blank at President Andrew Jackson, but both misfire, and Jackson proceeds to attack Lawrence with his cane.
1847: The little village of Yerba Buena changes its name to San Francisco, California.
1882: Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Columbia Law 1908) is born at Hyde Park, New York.
1928: Broadway impresario Harold Smith "Hal" Prince (Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Evita) is born at New York City.
1941: Richard Bruce Cheney, the only former member of the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers elected Vice President, is born at Lincoln, Nebraska.
1958: Dallas's Love Field puts the first two-way "moving sidewalk" into operation.
1972: Pakistan withdraws from the British Commonwealth.